February 15

USCIS Expands Credit Card Payment Options for Filing Fees

USCIS announced that it will now accept credit card payments for filing the 41 fee-based forms processed at USCIS Lockbox facilities. To pay via Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover, applicants will need to use Form G-1450, Application for Credit Card Transaction.

February 7

USCIS Warns that Surge in H-2Bs Possible for Second Half of FY2018

DOL announced that it will not begin releasing H-2B temporary labor certifications until February 20, 2018, due to an unprecedented number of applications. As a result of this demand, USCIS has likely received more H-2B nonimmigrant worker petitions than there are H-2B visas available in the second half of FY2018 and may use a lottery to allocate the available visas.